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Los Angeles News 05/2012 (Page 6)



Lawsuit filed by Station Fire victims against Mercury Casualty Co. reaches trial
LOS ANGELES - Testifying in trial of a lawsuit brought by claimants against Mercury Casualty Co., a Glendale woman said today she received $2500 from the insurer for extensive smoke and ash damage both inside and outside of her home during the 2009 ...

North Hollywood congregants worry about fate of ashes buried at church
The ashes of 17 people are buried in the rose garden at St. David's Anglican Church. But the church is in a legal battle with the Episcopal diocese over ownership of the property. The ashes of Bill Coburn's wife, Marian, are buried at St. David's ...

Tour de theft targets high-end racing bikes
The Sheriff's Department arrests three men accused of using Craigslist and Facebook to steal custom cycles worth up to $15000 from victims across Southern California. Sheriff's investigators display some of the recovered racing bicycles that were ...

LA Unified's annual dance of death
The district has notified 11500 employees of the possibility that they will be laid off due to budget cuts, although nowhere near that many will actually be fired. There has to be a saner way. Los Angeles Schools Superintendent John Deasy speaks during ...

Austin Beutner abandons struggling mayoral campaign
The former investment banker says he wants to spend more time with his family, as a poll shows him capturing 2% of the likely vote in next year's election. By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times Austin Beutner, the wealthy former investment banker who ...

Photos: Occupy, other groups fight Bank of America foreclosures
Protesters supporting Dirma Rodrigueaz, 54, and her daughter Irgrid Ortiz, 27, whose home in Los Angeles was foreclosed, protested at the home of Bank of America executive Raul Anaya in Pasadena Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Occupy Appeals to Bank of America ...

Farmers Field Could Go Topless
By Conan Nolan and Bill French An image of the proposed Farmers Field, which would be built next to the Staples Center, shows a topless stadium. Stadium backers say a translucent roof will be stored in the rafters and deployed for conventions, ...

All LA Unified students must pass college-prep courses
The Los Angeles Board of Education votes to require grades of D or better in college-prep classes starting with incoming ninth-graders in the fall, raising requirements to a C for the Class of 2017. By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times The Los Angeles ...

Clippers look to close out Grizzlies in Game 5
The Los Angeles Clippers are making a much bigger splash this season than expected. NBA experts had this team making the playoffs after they acquired perennial All-Star Chris Paul in the off-season, but no one anticipated that they'd be 1 win away from ...

Ryan Vogelsong, Brett Pill leads San Francisco Giants to 2-1 win over Los ...
Ryan Vogelsong, Brett Pill leads San Francisco Giants to 2-1 win over Los ...

In Memoriam: USC Trustee Kenneth Leventhal, Legendary Leader in Accounting and ...
In Memoriam: USC Trustee Kenneth Leventhal, Legendary Leader in Accounting and ...

Arson Suspect Arrested in Burning of Taxi Cab After Lakers Championship
By Jonathan Lloyd Los Angeles Fire Department released video of a cab being burned following the LA Lakers' NBA Championship. " /> There are a lot of fun things to do in downtown LA. Why resort to this? Authorities plan to release more details ...

Comedy Central Launches Cryptic 'Tosh.0' Campaign (Exclusive)
Comedy Central is launching a cryptic marketing campaign to promote the May 29 fifth season premiere of Daniel Tosh's Tosh.0. The barrage of messianic messages — the most extensive promo push the network will undertake this year — includes ...

Washington, DC group files lawsuit against LAPD's new impound policy
By Rick Orlov, Staff Writer A conservative Washington, DC group has filed a lawsuit to block the Los Angeles Police Department's new impound policy, arguing it violates state law. Judicial Watch is suing on behalf of an unnamed taxpayer to stop the ...

Pencil This In: Moby Judges a Literary Death Match, 'Some Like It Hot' & UCLA ...
Pencil This In: Moby Judges a Literary Death Match, 'Some Like It Hot' & UCLA ...

Kimberley Wells, Screenwriter and PR Executive, Dies at 56
The wife of Hollywood Reporter film reviewer Michael Rechtshaffen, she wrote for such shows as “Kate & Allie,” “Diagnosis Murder” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.” Kimberley Wells, a screenwriter and PR executive and the wife of veteran Hollywood Reporter ...

“Cheech” charms UCLA
Alexandru Chechir #76, a former lineman for the Santa Monica College Corsairs Fall 2011, takes a break in the third quarter of the UCLA spring game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on May 5, 2011. Chechir is from Moldovia and just received a two year ...

Murder on Montana Ave.
The living room of Sofia Merman's West Hollywood apartment is filled with photos of her only son. Sasha in cap and gown, Sasha sitting for his Navy portrait, Sasha and his mother standing in the Black Sea in Odessa. The images are tucked inside stacks ...

Sheriff's bust high-end bike theft ring that used Craigslist to target victims
By Venusse Navid, SGVN Major Crimes Sgt. Michael Maher asks the public's assistance in locating individuals who were targets of a residential burglary crew operating throughout Southern California during a press conference at the Los Angeles County ...

Proposed tweak to term limits makes eminent sense
By allowing California legislators to serve 12 years in one house, Prop. 28 would instill some adult supervision and dampen political ambition, especially in the Assembly. Jim Brulte, former Republican leader in both the Assembly and Senate, ...

Violence stirs gang fears in LA area formerly plagued by one
Shootings, graffiti have residents of Drew Street in Glassell Park worried. A clique of the Avenues gang was entrenched there before a crackdown largely rooted it out. An LAPD officer walks on graffitti-scarred Drew Street in 2008 in front of two ...

Tattoo in sheriff's deputy clique may have celebrated shootings, sources say
One Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, who has admitted belonging to a clique called the 'Jump Out Boys,' has identified about half a dozen other members, one source confirmed. Officials suspect smoke is added to this tattoo when a member of the ...

Energy-saving tips to reduce home bills
MONTECITO HEIGHTS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- When temperatures rise, so do your energy bills. But a few changes you can make in your home now could save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Home Depot Energy Expert Dave Hauer says there are ...

Whittier city officials accuse Los Angeles County of refusing to negotiate on ...
Whittier city officials accuse Los Angeles County of refusing to negotiate on ...

Detectives seek to question son of Pepperdine's president
Christopher Benton was probably the last person to see Katie Wilkins alive, sheriff's detectives say. The body of the 25-year-old Malibu woman was found in her parents' garage April 28. By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times Los Angeles County sheriff's ...

Two Fullerton officers to stand trial in death of Kelly Thomas
Judge orders the trial for Officer Manuel Ramos, charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, accused of involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force. Ron Thomas, right, whose son Kelly Thomas died ...

Court clears way for Alcala extradition
SANTA ANA — The California Supreme Court denied a petition Wednesday from convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala to block his extradition to New York to face murder charges in that state. "That's actually really good news," said Orange County Deputy ...

Gang member convicted of murdering Los Angeles High football star
Jurors find that Pedro Espinoza killed Jamiel Shaw II in 2008 in association with a gang and personally discharged a firearm. The trial's penalty phase is set to begin next week. Jamiel Shaw, father of the slain Jamiel Shaw II, addresses the media ...

High-end bike theft ring busted in LA
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A high-end bicycle theft ring has been dismantled after LA County Sheriff's investigators arrested three men and recovered tens of thousands of dollars' worth of bicycle parts. Authorities say the thieves targeted bicycle ...

Playa del Rey: Rosendahl formally asks for environmental review on Legado projects
By Gary Walker Concerned that the advent of three developments within close proximity of each other may have a deleterious effect on downtown Playa del Rey, Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl is requesting that the projects' developer initiate a ...


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